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ALICANTE, THE MEDITERRANEAN DIAMOND
The Rambla Hotel is located in the heart of the Costa Blanca, Alicante, in Avenida Rambla Méndez Núñez, one of the most developed business and leisure areas of the city. Our establishment is ideal for your professional or sightseeing trips as it enjoys a privileged location for shopping and tourism, near the Esplanade of Spain, and the Old Town, at two minute-walk from the restaurant area and the City Hall , at a few meters from the marina and the local beach called "Postiguet", and 10 minute-walk from the Plaza of Spain - Plaza de Toros.
In the city of Alicante, besides enjoying the enviable weather and beautiful coastline, you also will enjoy a wide and varied cultural and gastronomic offer that will make your stay unforgettable. You will find museums and cultural centers for all tastes.
If you are traveling for business, there are two main infrastructures in the city, the Convention Center (IFA), which is 6 km towards the airport, with a large schedule of trade fairs throughout the year. The Convention Palace of Alicante, in Avenida de Denia is one of the most modern and complete infrastructure, managed by the Convention Bureau and served by all means of transport, which will also allow you to reach the biggest commercial center Alcampo Plaza Mar II , Carrefour Gran Vía, Puerta de Alicante and Panoramis. You can take buses from Avenida Rambla Méndez Núñez in front of the Hotel.
The Castle of Santa Barbara is one of the iconic symbols of Alicante. Easily accessible on foot, by car or elevator, you will discover one of the treasures of the city of Alicante, which is one of the largest medieval fortresses in the Peninsula. Located at 166 meters altitude bordering the sea, on Mount Benacantil, the visitor can look up the fabulous views of the bay of Alicante as well as its old town, with a great artistic and cultural value. On the mountainside, archaeological remains have been found from Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman but the origin of the current fortress goes back to the end of the 9th Century.
On this mountain is clearly distinguishable the profile of a face that looks carved on the rock itself and of course, a legend was born from it, which is still alive, particularly from the Arab domination of the peninsula. Since then, the mountain known as "La Cara del Moro" keeps fascinating anyone who comes to visit the Mediterranean diamond, Alicante.
Take some time to wander through the most emblematic squares of the city like the Plaza de los Luceros, which occur every year mascletás typical of the Holiday Bonfires; Gabriel Miró Square and its lush ancient rubber plants or Plaza of the Holy Face, one of the most picturesque in the city, which gives entrance to the old city.
You also can walk through the district of Santa Cruz, one of the most typical districts of Alicante and explore the old town where you will find the Cathedral of St. Nicholas of Bari, in a Renaissance style, the Convent of the Blood Sisters, the Basilica Santa Maria, The Town Hall and the Carbonell House, a civil building located at number 1 of the Esplanade of Spain that perfectly represents the aspirations of the bourgeoisie of the time it was built.
Also, do not forget to visit the parks and gardens such as the Pantheon of Quijano, one of the most beautiful parks in the city of Alicante, a real heaven from the daily bustle, high in honor to Quijano; the Canalejas Park with its ancient rubber plants that cover the entire walk with their shadow; the Monte Tossal Park, at the foot of the Castle of San Fernando, a theme park dedicated to the geography of Valencia Region, which has great facilities for the practice of sports. The Park Ereta also represents one of the essential attractions to see in Alicante where you can get a great view of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Marina due to its location, on the Benacantil Hill. It also serves as a starting point to visit other places of great tourist attraction such as the Santa Cruz neighborhood.
The Palm Tree Park of Alicante, located on Avenida de Elche, facing the sea, is known for its lake and several waterfalls that can be enjoyed with small boats for hire. This park was part of the famous palm groves Andalusian route, which were trade routes. These orchards were used to rest and make barter or exchange of different products from other regions such as dates, grain, furs and silks. They were the places where in ancient times and through trade, the almost perfect cultural integration of Muslims, Jews and Christians was achieved. This may be the ideal place to conduct a tour through the highlights of the peninsula, visiting the Palm Tree Forest of Elche, in this city, being the largest in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000; the Palm Grove of San Antón in Orihuela, once the capital city of the Kingdom of Tudmir, with an old city that will surprise you with their religiosity, as well as the Palm of Abanilla, the Palm Grove Ricote Valley in Murcia and then you could go to the Palm of Pulpí in Almería, all theses Palm Groves, with their differences and charms will dazzle you.
Another jewel of the Mediterranean is the Tabarca Island, the only inhabited island of Valencia Region. It is located facing the city of Santa Pola, eleven nautical miles. It is a archipelago formed, apart from the Tabarca itself, by small islands called La Cantera, la Galera and la Nao. Its length is 1 800 meters and its width is approximately 400 meters. In the past, Its costs were a refuge of the Berber pirates. In the 18th Century, Charles III ordered the island to be fortified and to found a village, where various families of fishermen from Genova, who were prisoners in the Tunisian city of Tabarka, could live. The walls surrounding the city center have been recognized as a Historic and Artistic Monument as well as a Heritage of Cultural Interest. Its waters are famous for being part of the Mediterranean Marine Reserve, thanks to its excellent quality and biodiversity of plant life and fauna.